About

I’m an Associate Professor of English at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois and I live in Chicago. I earned my Ph.D. in English with a concentration in African American Literature and early African American film at the University of Connecticut in 2004.

Under the “My Essays” tab I’ve included links to my articles in various academic and nonacademic journals, magazines, and websites. The University Press of Mississippi published my first book, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, in December 2016.

I think of this blog as a commonplace book where I take notes about comics or books or ideas that I’m thinking about. For the next several months, I’ll devote most of the space here to material that I didn’t have room for in my book. I hope you find something you like.

Here are a few of my favorite essays, both here and elsewhere, if you’d like a place to start. If it sits behind a paywall and you can’t get access, just email me:

“Bodies, Transfigurations, and Bloodlust in Edie Fake’s Graphic Novel Gaylord Phoenix.” Journal of Medical HumanitiesVolume 34, Issue 2 (2013). 301-313.

The New Adventures of Superboy #26 (October 1982)”

“‘The Art of the Future’: Notes from Columbus”

How to Read The Curse of the Werewolf

Brass City: Notes on Jane Fonda’s Stanley & Iris” (from Bright Wall/Dark Room Issue #13, June 2014)

“Keiler’s Roberts’ Miseryland and Gaston Bachelard’s ‘Poetics of Space'”

From 2014-2016, I served as a Member at Large of the transitional Executive Board of the Comics Studies Society, a new academic organization devoted to the study of all sorts of graphic narratives. You can read more about the origins of the CSS at the ICAF Facebook page or at Tom Spurgeon’s site.

I now serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Inks, the Comics Studies Society’s peer-reviewed academic journal to be published by the Ohio State University Press.

I had a great time talking comics with Tom in this interview at The Comics Reporter.

You can reach me at brianwcremins AT gmail DOT com.

Thank you for reading!

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